He was a teenage rocker on the rise and she was a national treasure on the skids
Reflecting on her role as muse for Serge Gainsbourg, the actress and singer is clearly still under his spell, writes Jonathan Owen
François Hollande's girlfriend is furious with President Nicolas Sarkozy. So is his former wife, Cécilia.
Jos van Immerseel's period-instruments orchestra continues its survey of French music with this toothsome programme.
An album of songs very loosely joined by the avian theme.
They flipped for this romantic comedy in its native France, but I'm not sure it will tweak as many funny bones over here. (They also loved time-travel farce Les Visiteurs, remember).
The French singer Jean Ferrat belonged to the great chanson tradition of Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré yet, while their work seeped into the Anglo-Saxon consciousness thanks to English-language adaptations by Scott Walker, David Bowie, Jake Thackray or Marc Almond, his popularity remained confined to French-speaking countries.
There are more opulent performances of Fauré but Karine Deshayes' clear, girlish tones lend this recital of the late song cycles wistful intimacy.
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